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City flies high with support for kitesurfing event2016-01-25T22:00:00ZGP0|#e3c03ac1-845c-4119-815d-e796340463ba;L0|#0e3c03ac1-845c-4119-815d-e796340463ba|Community news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#1596e104-b1e8-47f6-9db5-263896676e0a;L0|#01596e104-b1e8-47f6-9db5-263896676e0a|subcouncil;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#43259544-912c-4057-8b99-b8e8a01bfae4;L0|#043259544-912c-4057-8b99-b8e8a01bfae4|Cape Town1<p>​The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada South Africa is a unique Guinness World Record title-breaking attempt which will bring together members of the kitesurfing community and industry from around the world for action-packed kitesurfing, entertainment and fundraising for local and international charities.</p><p>Launched in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2013, the first Virgin Kitesurfing Armada was led by Sir Richard Branson, setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest parade of kitesurfers and then raising £70 000 for charity. In 2014, the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada Spain broke the record with a huge 352 participants. Spain is the current world record-holder.<br> <br><strong>South African kitesurfing record attempt</strong><br> <br>‘This year’s Virgin Kitesurfing Armada South Africa is being hosted in Cape Town, which is a popular kitesurfing destination. The city’s beauty and pristine beaches will once again be in the international spotlight and such a prestigious international event contributes to the City’s aim of becoming the events capital of Africa,’ says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor.<br> <br>The main reason for running Virgin Kitesurfing Armada events is to raise funds for local and international charities. At the Cape Town event, all funds raised will be supporting three charities: the Save Foundation (an innovative local community development programme), a Virgin Unite project to work with entrepreneurs and communities in developing countries, and youth charity Snow-Camp’s work with disadvantaged inner-city young people in the UK.<br> <br><strong>Entries are open</strong><br> <br>Entries for the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada South Africa are now open and all kitesurfers can enter by either scanning the QR code on the event posters using WeChat, or online at <a href=""></a>.<br> <br>‘We are looking forward to a great event with some record-breaking results. The event will also raise much needed funds for the selected charities so we encourage kitesurfers to sign up and for enthusiasts to support the event on the beach,’ says Councillor Bloor.<br> <br>The organisers will use WeChat across the event to connect everyone and communicate updates. WeChat is a free messaging and calling app that allows you to easily connect with family and friends.<br> <br>For further information, residents should please call Tyrone Rawlins on 076 059 6339 or e-mail <a href=""></a>.</p>


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